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The Three-Month Culture Orgy
A plan for every day of the fall, from Amy Adams to ZZ Top.

Movies

christian baleThe Great Obsessive

Christian Bale tussles with Russell Crowe and loses himself in Bob Dylan.

Tattooed Love Thug

The latest installment in Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg’s violent streak.

The Coen Brothers’ Gallows Humor

Javier Bardem plays a sociopath and Josh Brolin’s a Texan grave robber. Fun!

Pop

alicia keysEmotionally Rescued

Alicia Keys pours her personal ordeals into a strong, satisfying new batch of pop songs.

Revenge of the Weirdos?

The decidedly nonconformist Animal Collective takes New York.

Fool for the City

Folk-country icon Steve Earle finds a new home in the West Village.

Theater

mel brooksGod and Monster

Mel Brooks just wants a little love. Is he so wrong?

Learning Experience

Theater neophyte Claire Danes and her tutor Jefferson Mays.

Going Bad

Hank Azaria on signing up for Aaron Sorkin’s next TV project.

TV

lucy liuBig Swinging Chick

With Cashmere Mafia, Lucy Liu aims to prove she can play a brassy blonde with the best of them.

Let the Witness Speak

Ken Burns returns with The War, fifteen hours on WWII.

Josh Schwartz, Take Two

His hit, The O.C., burned him out. His solution? Two new shows.

Books

Junot DíazJunot Díaz Is Back

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was worth the long, long wait.

Not Leaving Quietly

Philip Roth’s final Zuckerman novel is as sexually obsessed as ever.

Forget Obama and Hillary

Fall is the season for the big-name political tract.

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More Summer Fun

MoviesMovies

Trigger-happy Clive Owen, regal Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood’s daughter, and more.

TheaterTheater

Beckett, Pinter, Kevin Kline’s big nose, Jennifer Garner (!), a conquistador, and more.

ArtArt

Kerouac, semi-masochistic art, Van Gogh’s correspondence, Hélio Oiticica, Pissarro, and more.

BooksBooks

The return of Irvine Welsh, David Halberstam’s last book, a mob hit from Italy, and more.

Classical & DanceClassical & Dance

Einstein returns to the beach, a multimedia piece about the BQE, and more.

TVTV

Neanderthal comedy, post-Katrina cops, a Cuban Sopranos, and more.

PopPop

Kanye West back on top, the next Mary J. Blige, Sweden’s Elliott Smith, and can Simon Le Bon be saved?

RestaurantsRestaurants

Scott Bryan makes a move, Gray Kunz serves hors d’oeuvre, and Anita Lo smokes duck.